S.142: vaccines be given to children at pharmacies?

Senator Kevin Mullin has introduced s.142, which  aims to expand vaccination programs thru pharmacies for all Vermonters over the age of 7.

We oppose S. 142, because we believe that vaccines should never be given without a full review of the patient’s medical history. This review should be thorough, and should include detailed family history of allergy and autoimmune disorders. Such a review should be performed by a patient’s competent primary care provider and not simply at the desk of the nearest pharmacy. Even at the doctors office, this does not always occur, nor are parents always given adequate risk information about vaccines.

The death of Kaylynne Matten in December, 2011 was a tragic consequence of blind reliance on these products and physician failure to outline adequate risk information – even at the pediatrician. Kaylynne’s mother, Nicole has said, “If I would have known the reactions and symptoms of adverse reactions to vaccination, I would have had her seen immediately. If I would have known about the risks and symptoms, I would have been most likely able to save my daughter,” said Nicole. “I feel that Vermonters need to be educated and be able to make their own decisions on whether or not they want to vaccinate their children and pediatricians and physicians, as well, need to be more educated.”

We oppose S. 142, because we are not convinced that an adequate job is being done in outlining the risks of vaccination and reviewing the patient’s medical history and health status, even at pediatric offices. Pharmacies will no doubt offer even less insight into the potential for adverse effects of vaccinations administered. review.

Incidentally, the shingles (varicella zoster) vaccine, given to elders mostly at the pharmacy here in VT, tops the list of 2013 reported vaccine adverse reactions from Vermont.

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